Written by James Hall | 0 Comments | Last Updated: April 22, 2021
Dyson V11 Outsize
- Brilliant suction and cleaning performance
- Large 1.7 litre dust capacity
- Two floorheads (including Torque Drive head for automatic suction adjustment)
- LCD screen
- Wider primary floorhead than the V11 Absolute
- Relatively heavy for a cordless
- Very expensive
The Dyson V11 Outsize is a bigger version of the already excellent V11 cordless vacuum series. How does it compare to the V11 Absolute? And is it worth the hefty price tag? Read our review to find out!
The Dyson V11 Outsize is an updated version of the popular V11. It features a larger bin capacity, wider floorhead, and comes with a huge range of tools and accessories.
In this Dyson V11 Outsize review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Outsize’s features, performance, and accessories. We’ll also compare it to our current top pick – the Dyson V11 Absolute – to see if it’s worthy of the higher price.
Overview of the Dyson V11 Outsize’s Features
- Huge 1.7 litre dust capacity
- Wide floorhead that’s great for cleaning large areas
- Powerful suction
- Up to 60-minutes battery run-time when using the lowest power mode
- Three power settings, including an “Auto” function that automatically adjusts suction when using the High Torque floorhead
- Mini motorised tool for stairs, cars, and pet hair
- Lots of accessories, such as small hose, dusting brush, crevice tool, and up-top adaptor
Dyson V11 Absolute Vs V11 Outsize – A Quick Comparison
This is an in-depth review, so we’re going to look at every aspect of the Outsize to see whether it’s worth buying. However, we know that many readers may have already read our V11 Absolute review and V11 Absolute versus Animal comparison, and are only interested in the differences between the V11 Absolute and V11 Outsize.
Here’s a quick overview of how these two vacuums compare:
- The Dyson V11 Outsize has a 150% bigger dust canister than the standard V11 (1.7L vs 0.76L). This means you can vacuum for much longer before needing to empty the machine.
- The Outsize also has a 25% wider High Torque XL floorhead. A larger floorhead increases the vacuum’s weight, but allows you to cover more floor in less time.
- The Outsize comes with more tools and accessories than the V11 Absolute, such as a mattress tool, extension hose, and up-top adaptor for cleaning high locations.
- The Outsize costs around £50 more than the Dyson V11 Absolute, which is already the most expensive cordless we’ve reviewed.
Appearance & Design
Dyson always sells multiple versions of their cordless vacuums. These versions are typically the same vacuum but with a different set of tools. For example, the Dyson V11 Absolute is identical to the V11 Torque Drive, except it comes with an additional Soft Roller floorhead.
This is not the case with the V11 Outsize. While the Outsize shares the same features as the rest of the V11 range, it’s been improved in several key ways. In fact, we think it should really be considered a different vacuum cleaner, rather than just a variation.
One of the primary differences is that the Outsize has a 150% bigger dust bin. With a capacity of 1.7 litres, the Outsize can hold much more dirt than pretty much any other cordless vacuum (the Numatic Henry Cordless is an exception, but this model isn’t really comparable with the V11.) If you’ve been holding off on buying a cordless vacuum because they need to be emptied during a cleaning session (most have a capacity of 0.5-0.8 litres,) then the V11 Outsize could be the answer.
The Outsize also has a wider floorhead, which we’ll discuss in the “Tools” section of this review.
Like other versions of the V11, the Outsize has an LCD screen. Many people assume this is a gimmick, but the screen shows an estimate of battery life depending on which suction mode and tool you’re using. This is much more accurate trying to guess how much run-time is remaining from a few LED lights, and it’s great to see how switching mode or tool changes the battery life.
Aside from battery run-time, the screen also shows your current suction mode. It can even warn when there’s a blockage or other problem that might be affecting the vacuum’s performance.
As with all Dyson cordless vacuums, the Outsize can be used as a handheld vacuum by detaching the tube. The larger bin does make the V11 Outsize feel unwieldy when you’re using the handheld mode though, which isn’t the case with standard V11 models.
Manoeuvrability and Ease of Use
While there are benefits to a larger dust capacity and wider floorhead, there’s also an obvious drawback: weight. The Dyson V11 Outsize weighs 3.5kg, making it one of the heaviest cordless vacuums we’ve reviewed.
Whether this is a deal breaker depends on what you need from a cordless vacuum. If you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum that’s easy to carry around the home, then the V11 Outsize probably isn’t the best choice. We still think it’s lightweight enough for extended floor cleaning sessions, as part of the weight is resting on the floor, although it becomes more cumbersome when used for above-floor cleaning (such as stairs or sofas.)
A drawback is that the V11 Outsize uses Dyson’s trigger system, so you need to hold down the trigger when the vacuum is in use. Dyson calls this a “battery saving” feature, but it can become tiring to hold down during long cleaning sessions.
The V11 series has an excellent filtration system that does a great job of keeping allergens inside the canister. This system includes both Dyson’s whole machine filtration and a HEPA filter, which can trap particles down to 0.3 microns in size.
As with all vacuum filters, it’s important to periodically clean the V11’s filter to maintain the vacuum’s efficiency. Fortunately, the V11 will remind you to clean the filter via the LCD screen.
Emptying & Cleaning
Aside from having a larger dust capacity, emptying the V11 Outsize is the same as the standard V11 models. There’s an internal collar to push out dirt and dust, which avoids most clumps from getting caught, and the canister alignment makes it easy to empty directly into a bin.
As with all bagless vacuums, make sure you ask someone else to empty the Dyson outside if you have allergies. Dust and other allergenic particles will escape during the emptying process.
Battery Life and Charge Time
The Dyson V11 Outsize has the same 60-minute maximum run-time as the V11 Absolute, and takes around 4.5 hours to charge. It also has a lithium battery that provides fade-free suction power even when the battery starts to get low.
You’ll only get 60-minutes run-time when in the lowest power mode though. The middle “Auto” mode still provides optimised battery life (depending on the floor type) and brilliant cleaning power, so it’s what most people will use. You can expect 25-minutes to 45-minutes when in this mode.
The Boost mode is really only useful for quick tasks, as you won’t get much more than 12 minutes of run-time. It’s still a useful feature for the toughest tasks, such as cleaning car footwells.
We like that the V11 Outsize has Dyson’s new click-in battery pack. If you need more run-time, you now have the option of buying a second battery to swap halfway through a clean.
Tools & Accessories
The V11 Outsize’s primary attachment is the High Torque XL cleaner head. This has all the features of the standard High Torque head, including dynamic load sensing to automatically adjust suction power, but with a 25% wider design (31cm.)
Having a wider design saves time when cleaning, as you can cover more of the floor in a single pass. A downside is that it can be more difficult to manoeuvre the vacuum head in tighter spaces, such as between chairs or under tables. The floorhead’s swivel design makes it easier than you might expect to turn the large head though.
We’re big fans of the “dynamic load sensing” system in the High Torque XL. This is constantly assessing the floor type, so suction can be adjusted to maximise performance and battery run-time. The result is that the vacuum takes care of providing the best clean without wasting battery life, which is a true “next generation” feature of the V11.
The V11 Outsize also comes with Dyson’s Soft Roller cleaner head. As you’ve probably guessed, this has a softer roller to prevent scratching delicate surfaces, and makes the vacuum more effective at picking up fine dust and hair on hard floors. While the High Torque Cleaner is still a great option for hard floors, the Soft Roller provides even better performance.
A minor drawback is that the Soft Roller is the same size as the one included with other Dyson models – only the High Torque floorhead is a larger version.
Other Tools and Accessories
The Outsize has a huge selection of included tools and accessories. This is Dyson’s premium V11 model, so they’ve gone all-out and included pretty much every extra that’s currently in their product range. These include:
- Mini motorised tool (powered brush bar that’s great for stairs, car interiors, and sofas)
- Combination tool with dusting brush
- Crevice tool
- Mini soft dusting brush for delicate surfaces
- Extension hose (which is brilliant for awkward locations, such as under car seats – especially as the large bin can sometimes make the vacuum awkward to manoeuvre in handheld mode)
- Wide nozzle tool (also known as the mattress tool)
- Up-top adaptor for cleaning high locations, such as above cupboards
As you would expect from a Dyson, these tools all have a quick release button and a simple click-in design. The wide range of accessories, combined with the two floorheads and handheld mode, make the V11 Outsize arguably the most versatile vacuum we’ve ever reviewed.
Along with these attachments, the V11 Outsize also includes a docking station and wand storage clip. The latter is useful for storing two tools on the vacuum while you clean.
Suction Power & Cleaning Performance
As you would expect from a vacuum costing more than £600, the V11 Outsize provides excellent all-round cleaning performance. It has powerful suction power due to Dyson’s latest motor, which is the strongest yet. There’s also a digital motor within the floorhead, which spins stiff bristles up to 60 times each second.
There are three cleaning modes. You’ll only get the full 60-minutes run-time in Eco mode, but this comes at the cost of a noticeable decrease in suction power. Auto mode is what you’ll use most of the time, as this allows the vacuum to adjust its suction power (and hence battery life) depending on the type of floor. Finally, there’s Boost mode, which is great for stubborn dirt, but dramatically decreases run-time.
Each of these modes can be selected using the LCD screen, so it’s easy to switch between them. As we mentioned earlier, it’s also convenient to see how much battery life is remaining when using each mode. Of course, the battery life isn’t fixed when in “Auto” mode, as the power usage depends on which surface you’re on.
Note: The “Auto” mode becomes a standard “Medium” power mode when you’re not using the Torque Drive floorhead.
Like the V11 Absolute, the V11 Outsize is outstanding for cleaning carpets. The combination of strong motor and powerful brush bar means it does a great job at agitating carpet fibres, so it can remove more dust, dirt and hair.
Pushing the floorhead over thick carpets can sometimes be difficult, due to the strong suction. Fortunately, there’s an air vent at the front of the High Torque tool which an be opened to reduce this issue.
The V11 Outsize is also great for cleaning hard floors. It’s equally good on hardwood (particularly with the Soft Roller), laminate, and tiles, making it one of the best cordless vacuums if you have lots of floor types in your home.
The vacuum also has ample suction power for picking up debris between floorboards, while the Soft Roller floorhead is great for preventing scattering.
Stairs and Car Interiors
In terms of cleaning performance, the Outsize is great for stairs when in handheld mode. The combination of great suction and mini motorised tool makes it easy to clean steps, although you may need to finish off the corners with the crevice tool.
Cleaning stairs in handheld mode highlights that the V11 Outsize feels cumbersome when the stick is detached though. This is particularly noticeable when you’re using a small non-motorised tool.
The hefty bin can also be tiring to hold up for long periods, particularly when cleaning high locations with nothing to rest the vacuum on. And the large bin also makes the vacuum less convenient for cleaning car interiors, although the small hose can help get into tight areas.
Like the other V11 models, the Outsize is highly effective at picking up pet hair from both carpets and hard floors. The mini motorised tool is also great for removing hair that’s stuck to stairs or upholstery.
Price & Value for Money
The V11 Outsize is one of the most expensive cordless vacuums on the market. With a current RRP of £650, it’s around £100 more than the V11 Torque Drive and £200 more than the V10 Cyclone Absolute.
This high price tag is the main reason why we haven’t selected the V11 Outsize as our top pick for a cordless vacuum cleaner. With that said, we still think it provides value for money if you have a large house and were planning to buy the V11 Absolute. Spending £50 extra to get 150% extra dust capacity, a wider floorhead, and all the extra tools is a decent deal.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does The Outsize Come With Two Batteries?
The UK version of the V11 Outsize doesn’t come with two batteries. The US version does have two batteries, but lacks the Soft Roller floorhead.
If you have a large home and don’t mind the extra weight, then we think the Dyson V11 Outsize is the best cordless vacuum on the market. The larger floorhead saves time when vacuuming large areas of floor, while the huge 1.7 litre bin capacity means you won’t need to empty it as often.
With that said, this vacuum isn’t for everyone. Increasing the bin capacity is great for large homes, but it makes the vacuum relatively heavy. This doesn’t matter too much when you’re cleaning floors, but becomes more noticeable for above-floor cleaning where you need to support the vacuum’s weight. It’s also quite a bulky machine, which can feel awkward when using handheld mode to clean stairs or car interiors.
So, if you desperately need a larger bin capacity, or want to vacuum large areas of floor as quickly as possible, then the V11 Outsize is a brilliant vacuum cleaner. For smaller homes or more convenient cleaning, we think the lighter and cheaper V11 Absolute is the better choice.